LONDON | Zelman Meats Soho is the new outpost from the group behind Goodman Steakhouse, Burger & Lobster, and Beast, and there aren’t too many things better than spending a blustery winter Sunday afternoon enjoying a Sunday roast here.
Zelman Meats is in the heart of Soho, but tucked away from the hustle and bustle. The space, which previously belonged to Rex and Mariano (which is still evident on some of the branding of dishes) is the perfect spot to fuel up after hitting the shops along Oxford Street. The Sunday roast offering at Zelman Meats is simple – there are a few varieties of beef, the standard trimmings, some additional sides, and a superb wine list. The décor is Soho sleek, yet welcoming enough to relax.
We were abnormally hungry and couldn’t resist trying a starter. There were 2 salads available, one with a beetroot base (£6.50), the other with bresola (£9.00). Both were perfectly fresh and crisp. From the start, our waiter was super friendly and attentive. He was helpful and happy to answer questions about the menu.
When it comes to meat you have a choice of beef or… beef. We were offered a choice between a cut of picanha (£16.00) or sirloin (£19.00). Picanha is considered the most prime cut of beef in Brazil and is known by many alternate names – rump cover, rump cap or coulotte. It’s a very tender cut, similar to sirloin. At Zelman the picanha is differentiated from sirloin by its more smoky flavour. Both cuts of meat were excellent, the kind of delicious that ceases conversation while being enjoyed. Considering the quality of beef, we found the Sunday roast to be reasonably priced.
The Sunday roast comes with all the accompaniments one would expect with a solid roast – roast potatoes, parsnips, Yorkshire pudding, and gravy. We couldn’t resist a sharing a few of the indulgent extra sides (£3.00 each) amongst our group. The extra sides included cauliflower cheese, mash swede, extra potatoes, and extra broccoli. A stand out was the cauliflower cheese, the perfect comfort food on a winter’s day.
We have a vegetarian with us and despite what it says on the tin, Zelman Meats offered a delicious mushroom Pittiver (aka a pie). It was one of those dishes that make even the biggest carnivore jealous and our friend confirmed it tasted as good as it looked. Due to the generous size of the roast, we weren’t able to make room for Nan’s apple pie with vanilla ice cream (£5.50).
Our waiter suggested an amazing wine, the 2013 Dona Paula Estate Malbec from Argentina. Several bottles later, we realised we had spent the better part of the day at lunch. Not a bad result for a December Sunday.
The Sunday roast at Zelman Meats is without a doubt on of the best Sunday roasts we’ve experienced in London. Not that we would expect anything less from the people behind Goodman. Zelman Meats is also open for takeaway, lunch, dinner, or cocktails. Our waiter urged us to come back during the week to sample the full menu on offer. We had a peek at one of the weekday menus written on a chalkboard available online and it’s obvious that there are plenty of reasons for The City Lane to return in 2016. Keep an eye out for our review of the full menu!
2 St Anne’s Court
London W1F 0AZ
Mon – Sun: 12:00pm to 11:00pm